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> 4.4.2009

  Hednesford Town (1) 1   Whitby Town (1) 3    

.Marshall 38

Charlton 40,  Thompson 52, 90 

> Attendance   434 Current Form  WDWWL
 > MotM Ross Draper

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Hednesford once again fail to win when it matters most, allowing Whitby Town to exact revenge for Wednesday night's defeat with a well-deserved - and crucial - win at Keys Park this afternoon. With Decio Gomes struggling for fitness, Rapinder Gill was recalled by Dean Edwards, with Gomes put on the bench. Matthew West was brought back into the squad on the bench, whilst young Wolves goalkeeper Richard Woolley was also named amongst the substitutes. Otherwise, it was as you were for the Pitmen, as they looked to complete a quick-fire double over the struggling Seasiders

The Pitmen started with purpose, with Ross Dyer dragging a heavy-looking central defence of Richard Forster and Danny Farthing around the pitch early on. Sam Hall was first to show any threat in front of goal, firing in a dipping shot after eight minutes that just cleared the crossbar

Almost as soon as they got into their stride, they suffered a blow.  Fifteen minutes into the game, right back Sean Platt fell heavily on his arm as he challenged for the ball. After a few minutes being treated on the pitch and on the sideline, he was replaced by Ben Bailey, with Platt departing holding the top of his arm in some pain. This move saw Gill move to right back, with Bailey slotting in alongside Tom Marshall and Danny Harvey

Bailey was soon into the action, picking up a pass from Ross Draper to cross for Tyrone Barnett, but his looping header was easily claimed by veteran keeper David Campbell

The home side continued to press, and sixty seconds later Dyer should have opened the scoring. Elliott Durrell's trickery out wide created enough room for him to cross, finding Dyer at the far post. However, his header towards goal missed the target by a couple of feet

After suffering one injury blow early in the game, the Pitmen suffered another mid-way through the half. Danny Harvey's typical aggression in a tackle saw him come off worst, with another long bout of treatment needed for the centre back. After a couple of minutes off the pitch, Harvey gingerly returned, but was not moving particularly fluently

The Pitmen created a gilt-edged chance for Barnett on thirty seven minutes, with a long, raking ball over the top, testing Forster's pace against Barnett. The gazelle-like Hednesford man beat him to the ball, but was unceremoniously bundled over a few feet from the edge of the penalty area. With Hednesford supporters screaming for a red card, with Forster being the last man, the referee only produced a yellow card

From the resulting free kick, Durrell and Marshall repeated their trick at the Turnbull Ground on Wednesday, with Durrell teeing up Marshall to fire low to Campbell's left and into the corner of the net

The relief around Keys Park was felt all round, but relief was replaced by frustration two minutes later, as defensive hesitation allowed the visitors to grab an equaliser. A cross swung in from the right hand side was not cleared on the three occasions it should have been, with the ball eventually falling to Karl Charlton, who fired home

This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Pitmen, who were dealt a further blow at the break when Harvey's injury became too much for him, giving way to Luke Edwards at the start of the second half

The substitution of Harvey for Edwards changed the shape of the side, with the Pitmen now playing a flatter 4-4-2. rather than their preferred 5-3-1-2. The away side took full advantage of Hednesford's lack of familiarity with this system, scoring seven minutes after the restart. Once again, there was ample opportunity to clear the danger, as the ball was played into the area and allowed to bounce. Whitby's Andy Thompson was onto the ball in a flash, touching the ball past Brock from ten yards to give the visitors the lead

Back came the shell-shocked Pitmen, with Hednesford piling the pressure on Whitby in an attempt to get back on level terms. Hall should have levelled matters on the hour mark, picking up a good ball from Edwards who had cut in from the left. He controlled the ball for what seemed an age, before shifting it onto his left foot and striking the crossbar with his powerful effort

Draper felt he should have had a penalty on sixty three minutes, after he was hauled down just inside the area. The referee, unimpressed, waved away the protests

The injury curse struck a third time for the Pitmen, as Barnett seemed to pull up holding his groin. He was swiftly replaced by West, as the 'crocked' list continued to grow ahead of Tuesday's  trip to Nantwich

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Whitby's attack suddenly sprung back into life, with Brock having to deny Sean Ross and Danny Brunskill in quick succession

The Pitmen's response was to once again test the pace of the Whitby central defence with clever angled balls over the top. One such ball found Dyer, who managed to get away from Forster, but his angled shot was well saved by Campbell

From the resulting corner, Hall's dangerous corner seemed to come back off the outside of the post, but no-one in a white shirt could react quickly enough and the ball was cleared

With stoppage time looming, Whitby settled the matter with a truly outstanding goal from Thompson. His quick turn and shot from twenty five yards was perfect, hammering the ball past Brock and into the top corner of the net

For all their huff and puff, there was very little in the way of quality from the home side today. In terms of the play-offs, all is definitely not lost, but it now means they require a positive result from the tough-looking trip to Nantwich to stay with the pack, otherwise it could be looking a pretty unlikely prospect cds

Nantwich Town (H)

7.4.2009
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Dyer (23)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. .. .
.2 Sean Platt 15

Bailey

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UniBond Premier League 4.4.2009
.3 Ludovic Quistin 90

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.4 Rapinder Gill 90

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.5 Danny Harvey 45

Edwards

. 1st Eastwood Town 37 77
.6 Tom Marshall 90

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2nd Ilkeston Town 36 72
.7 Sam Hall 90

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3rd Nantwich Town 36 68
.8 Elliott Durrell 90

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4th FC Utd of M'ster 39 67
.9 Tyrone Barnett 75

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5th Bradford P A 37 64
.10 Ross Dyer 90

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6th HEDNESFORD 37 63
.11 Ross Draper 90

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7th Kendal Town 37 63
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8th Guiseley 37 61
.12 Matthew West

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Barnett

  . 9th Ashton United 38 54
.14 Decio Gomes 0

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. 10th North Ferriby 37 53

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Luke Edwards 45

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Ben Bailey 75

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Richard Woolley 0

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Action from Keys Park:  1. goalscorer Tom Marshall watches on  2. 'Masha' is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the opener  3. Sam Hall is on hand to support Elliott Durrell (no 8) as he slides in

 

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